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Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 17/02 - We have a working fuel gauge...


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#1111 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 07:55 PM

Thanks. That's useful. I think my tension may be a bit looser, but I'll check next time I have a tinkering opportunity that isn't Fox...


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#1112 OFFLINE   HarmonicCheeseburger

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:04 PM

We certainly hope to achieve that at some point this year. 

 

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#1113 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:42 PM

That does look a giggle to drive!

They really were ahead of their time if you compare them to similar microcars available now.


That's very much been my thoughts through the whole time I've been working on it. The thing is surprisingly sophisticated compared to a lot of microcars.

The difference when this came along compared to the earlier versions must have been like night and day.
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#1114 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:45 PM

That's very much been my thoughts through the whole time I've been working on it. The thing is surprisingly sophisticated compared to a lot of microcars.

The difference when this came along compared to the earlier versions must have been like night and day.

 

It was really driven home by me when I drove both a Messerschmitt and a Bond Minicar last year. The Bond in particular - a few miles was more than enough.


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:04 PM

I should have a couple of low pressure electric pumps for carbs somewhere if you wanted to borrow one. Only over in hockliffe.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:39 PM

I should have a couple of low pressure electric pumps for carbs somewhere if you wanted to borrow one. Only over in hockliffe.

Might well take you up on that, could be really useful to help eliminate the existing pump as a possible culprit.

Meant to ask earlier, anyone got any wheel trims to suit 10" wheels? I've got a fair few floating around but I think they're all for 12" wheels which is obviously unhelpful.
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#1117 OFFLINE   Andyrew

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:44 PM

Sure thing dude. Just drop a message if you want to borrow one and I'll dig one out.
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#1118 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:56 PM

PM Sent, cheers!
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 06:00 PM

I've got a pair of 10" chrome hubcaps. Clearly they're no use to me. Maybe part of the planned meet-up is trim swapsies?


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#1120 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:58 PM

I've got a pair of 10" chrome hubcaps. Clearly they're no use to me. Maybe part of the planned meet-up is trim swapsies?


You're going to laugh...A pair of 12" wheel trims is the main thing in the box currently en route to you (and a battery clamp).
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#1121 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:11 PM

Ha! Oh well. Thanks. I shall have to try and return the favour. If I can remember where the 10" trims are...


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Posted Yesterday, 11:41 PM

Right, have spent enough lately, time for a nice quiet, cheap weekend.

 

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Balls!

 

£83 later and we were back in business.

 

Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to do much with the cars this weekend.  This evening when I had a couple of hours has been it for the weekend.

 

So, what did I get up to?  Step one was to go over the fuel system with a microscope to look for any dodgy joins.  Nothing obvious, but I've remade a couple just in case.  I'll have a look tomorrow to see if it has made any difference.

 

Given I know there is too much free play in the brakes, I made a point of adjusting the front again.  Loads of play taken up, I'll redo the rears too once I've got the car backed out of the garage so hopefully can start from a blank slate there again.  Definitely seems a little better though.

 

Final task was to actually get my meter out and see if I could get the new fuel gauge working.

 

Our survey says...

 

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Rocking the car from side to side makes it move slightly, so guessing that we do have an actual reading.  Previous attempts had just made the gauge peg itself at either end stop...so I'm taking it showing full pretty much perfectly in line with the full mark on the gauge as an indication I've got it wired up right this time.  Obviously I'll have to wait until I've used some more fuel to see if it tracks accurately.

 

The lighting on this gauge is vastly better than on the old one...so we have a vastly improved dash at night shot...

 

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Did grab a couple of very quick videos showing the operation of the centrifugal clutch, and to show how much improved the cold start performance is these days.  I'll see about throwing those at YouTube for those interested in a bit.


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#1123 OFFLINE   LightBulbFun

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Posted Yesterday, 11:50 PM

very cool didn't know that type of gauge has a green backlight, it looks Awesome! nice splash of colour at night too :)

 

love how on the speedo its 70-80Mph gets lit up the most, as if thats some sort of target your supposed to hit  :mrgreen:



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Posted Today, 02:04 AM

very cool didn't know that type of gauge has a green backlight, it looks Awesome! nice splash of colour at night too :)

love how on the speedo its 70-80Mph gets lit up the most, as if thats some sort of target your supposed to hit :mrgreen:


The lighting on the speedo is incredibly crude. It's literally just a lampholder clipped to the outside of the instrument case that lets a bit of light onto the face via a blue tinted bit of plastic. 99% of the light just winds up in the footwell. I guess lighting it wasn't a major design goal in its original application (this speedometer is normally seen on motorbikes). It actually does a better job of diffusing the light than the camera makes it look like though, and it's quite legible in the dark, even if the slightly "warm white that's being slightly nudged towards cool white" colour isn't that pleasant...given the lighting on the fuel gauge is a pale, quite warm looking, green I may well change the (cracked) bit of blue plastic in the speedo surround and see if I can match the colours between the two instruments. Oh...and enclose the lamp holder so it doesn't light up the footwell as that bugs me.

I really do think about this sort of stuff too much...

 

Edit: here you go.  Light spread is better visible there - but look at all the spill into the footwell!

 

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